Continuing their drive against the cattle smuggling, the Udhampur police on Thursday arrested two people and recovered 12 animals being smuggled in a truck.
The police also unearthed a new modus operandi of cattle smuggling as the suspects had created a special cavity in the upper half of the truck -- which were loaded with coal -- for transporting animals. The truck bore a fake registration number (JK03C-453).
According to police, on the basis of reliable information, a party from Kud police station led by inspector Raghuvir Singh laid a naka near Kud main bazaar and intercepted a truck, which was going towards Srinagar.
During a search of the truck, the police noticed a special cavity constructed in the upper portion of the truck's body and found 12 animals in it, while coal was loaded in the lower portion. They rescued the cattle and seized the vehicle.
On verification, the police found that the actual registration number of the truck was JK03C-7131. Two smugglers identified as Mohin Hussain Khan, son of Riaz Hussain Khan, a resident of Qazigund, Anantnag, and Rayees Ahmed Dar, a resident of Qazigund, Anantnag, were arrested on the spot.
A case under Section 188 of RPC and Section 3 of the PCA has been registered against at Kud police station and further investigation is on.